Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger Paperback – Apr 12 2005
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Ronald J. Sider, Ph.D., is a professor of theology at Eastern Seminary. He serves as president of Evangelicals for Social Action, and has published more than twenty books.
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Though at times this work might err on the side of diatribe, Sider has nevertheless done a fine job of providing statistics, history, and Biblical evidence (see below, however) to support his bold call for Christians of all backgrounds -- and evangelicals in particular -- to be aware of and concerned about the grave economic imbalances that exist between and the consequent injustices resulting from the wealthy and resource-gobbling Western Europe, America, and Japan on the one hand, and the remainder of the developing world on the other. These imbalances and injustices set the stage for a whole host of other specific problems, none of which Sider seems to miss in the enormous amount of statistics gathered and compiled for this project.
A somewhat unfortuante negative of the book has to do with Sider's use of Scripture in support of his message. While one does not have to read too far into the Hebrew Scriptures to find very real concerns for the poor and oppressed, Sider unfortunately tips the scales a bit and might read more of this emphasis back into them than they are willing to offer.Read more ›
Up to now, most of us have been denying the challenges of poverty to avoid feelings of guilt. What we need to do today is remind everyone that economic justice is about compassion not guilt. We can practice our compassion by doing our best to be more generous everyday. In the business world, this is known as "continuous improvement."
Some good companions to this book are Opting For The Poor by P.J. Henriot S.J, How Much Is Enough? by Arthur Simon, and Unexpected News by Robt. M. Brown. These great books inspired me to compile a social ministry manual which is online and free at [...] .
Just looking over the "attack reviews" here is pretty revealing. One reviewer seethes with anger over the idea of putting others interests ahead of his own. Have you never read Paul? To wit:
Ro 9:3 "For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race."
Php 2:3 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."
Or how about Jesus:
Mt 16:24 "Jesus told his disciples, 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'"
Lu 6:20 "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."
Matt 25:44 "Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' 45 Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.Read more ›
The author's use of a myriad of statistics and UN reports proves to be the weak point. Although heart stirring, the data slows the book down and complicates reading. Also, until the final section, the book leaves the reader wishing to do something, but not knowing what. Overall, the style of the writing does match up with the quality of the content (which accounts for the missing star in the rating).
Luckily this book concentrates on content. The view of the poor is excellent; the call for repentance is strong; and the suggested solutions are helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone living in an industrialized nation that is trying to imitate Christ.
"'How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!'"
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I used to live with a girl from a third world country. On september 11th she came home and looked me in the face and told me that my country deserved terrorism. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Heidi B.
After reading the reviews posted, all I can say is that this book proclaims real biblical truth. While I am not an economist, and cannot verify the soundness of the economic... Read morePublished on April 24 2002 by Bethany McKinney Fox
Please, this book is so misleading and out of touch with the realities of poverty & economics that it should be ignored. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002 by Christopher Wiley
Be prepared to take some reflection time after reading this book! All in all, I found it to be a great book and a very noble one. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Baysuite
This book is challenging to the lifestyle of a materialistic, get all you can, culture. Not only did it challenge me to think about Sider's ideas, but it has caused me to reexamine... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001
true, the book makes you feel guilty. but it's factual and realistic. and if you're ready for it, then you should read it. suggestion: read other books alongside this one. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001 by D. Flaherty
Believe it or not ten years ago I wasn't all to keen on Ronald Sider. But my views changed for a variety of reasons. Read morePublished on June 18 2001 by Elizabeth
Warning: This book will change your life! Was it not our Lord who said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth" (Matthew 6:19). Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2001 by Imran Currah